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SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS A U g UST 2017 www.securitysystemsnews.com Monitoring 21 By Spencer Ives FRISCO, Texas—The Security Industry Alarm Coalition, a non- profit organization that works to reduce false alarms and maintain relationships between the alarm indus- tr y and law enforcement, was recognized as the 2017 ESA Gives Back ben- eficiary at this year's ESX. "We're just really thankful and honored that ESA chose us," Stan Martin, SIAC's executive director, told Security Systems News. ESA for- mally announced SIAC as the 2017 beneficiary at ESX. The coalition has received new pledges of donations following the show, Martin said. SIAC couldn't be effective if it sold products or services to law enforce- ment organizations, according to Martin; the coalition's services are free. "That leaves us with roughly $1 million a year—every year—that we have to collect in donations," Martin said. The organization was below its funding goal for 2016, Martin noted. "We've reduced expenses where we can, but our board has determined that we will continue to provide law enforcement the same level of service we have [in the past]. It's free and we don't want to turn any agency down that's seeking support, or any state chiefs organization that wants to form an alarm management committee." Mergers and acquisitions in the industry have impacted SIAC, according to Martin, such as when two companies that individually made contributions merge and con- solidate or lessen their contribution. "It's really apparent that most alarm dealers depend on the national companies and the national associa- tions to fund these types of efforts and, as a result, we have very few … individual dealers that promote or send in any type of contribution," Martin said. At ESX, SIAC gave its William N. Moody award to Leo Guthart, who served as chairman of the Security and Fire Solutions Group of Pittway Corporation—then Ademco—for more than 34 years. He has also been chairman and founder of SIAC since its inception. "Leo has had a history of being dedicated to this industry," Martin said. Currently, Guthart manages Topspin Partners, a venture capital fund, and Topspin Partners LBO, a buyout fund. SS n SIAC received recognition at ESX 2017 some ways, just a really quiet transition for us," Bailey told Security Systems News. "For more than a year now, I've been responsible for the day-to-day activities at AvantGuard, just as the chief operations officer." The planning for the tran- sition has been in the works for more than a year, Bailey added. "Kudos to Josh for planning it, and I think it speaks just to what a great team we have at AvantGuard, that everybody's in their role and we've got a lot of stability with our senior leadership." Bailey said that the internal response at AvantGuard was that the transition made sense. "I've been wearing the hat, just without the title," he said. The new title will "commu- nicate clearly [that] when peo- ple need to talk with the day- to-day leader at AvantGuard … that's me," Bailey said. Garner, in his role as CEO, will be transitioning to a more forward-looking role. "Having Justin take the reins as presi- dent allows me to focus on more strategic initiatives." G a r n e r f o u n d e d AvantGuard within his fam- ily's legacy business, Mountain Alarm, in 2002. He later pur- chased AvantGuard as an independent business in 2008. Garner is also the owner and CEO of PERS manufacturer Freeus. SS n Bailey Continued from page 1 Stan Martin

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